We crossed the mountains to Southern Aso. On the way, we stopped at Kusasenri Observatory (in the middle of the mountain road). I always see this place on the website and ads. Horse riding seems like a good activity up here. The view looked a little different this time due to the insane heat of this summer, it was a little dried out…
Now we are in Southern Aso. A 30-minute train ride by Minami (South) Aso railway with the mountain view is expected for tourists. It’s available three times a day. Check schedule here (in JP). You can get on the train from any station but some stations may be closed after earthquake, flood, etc. We got on at Nakamatsu Station this time.
How do you find it? It was really nice to see Mt. Aso in green. Again, I can’t tell you which season you should visit it because onsen (hot springs) is awesome in winter also…..Anyway, hope it is just a reference. Hehe. Hope it helps.
Let’s walk around Kurokawa, shall we? Kurokawa Onsen town is small (meaning onsen places are all within walking distance) and secluded (surrounded by nature). One good thing about this town is you can experience different kinds of onsen, in terms of color from milky to golden one, in health benefits, indoor and outdoor, etc. Isn’t that amazing? It’s an onsen paradise.
Like other onsen areas, you can avail their tegata (pass made of wood that you can keep as memorabilia) to enjoy onsen-hopping in a discounted price. You can get it at the tourist information center.
Shinmeikan is the first Onsen we tried in Kurokawa. What a nice entrance, but onsen was quite wild! It was like a maze really. I swam down to the end and to another end…quite fun. Hehe. Figured it was quite steamy in there. I had a hard time changing clothes. Better be careful especially if you wear glasses.